Serbia won't hold referendum on joining the EU, PM tells newspaper

July 3, 2016 17:06


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Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a German newspaper that Serbia would not hold a referendum on whether or not to join the European Union, which Belgrade hopes to do in 2020.

Britons voted in a June 23 referendum to leave the bloc, a decision that has taken its toll on global financial markets and raised concerns about the EU's future prospects.Asked by Bild am Sonntag newspaper about reports Russian President Vladimir Putin is using his influence in Serbia to push for a referendum there on the EU, Vucic said: "I don't know anything about Putin but I know that some Serbian parties are openly calling for that."

He added: "My answer to that is clear: There won't be a referendum no matter how many initiatives there are for that."

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